¦ Earning college credits now can shave off a little college
tuition. See if colleges on your teen’s list accept AP or dual-enrollment credits. For example, a child who wants to go out of state may
be better off taking AP courses if dual-enrollment credits only apply in-state.
¦ Ask college financial aid offices about special circumstances. If other siblings will be in college at the same time or a parent is unemployed, your teen may qualify for additional aid. He could also look for targeted scholarships for students who have done community service or who have certain illnesses, for instance.
¦ Compare tuition, fees, and living expenses after he receives financial aid packages. That way, he’ll know the bottom line for each school. More expensive schools may offer more aid
information from Resources for Educators